Woman Hurt After Jumping From Extra-Alarm Fire On West Side

UPDATED 01/18/12 11:12 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday after jumping from a burning building in the West Side’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

The 2-11 alarm fire broke out around 9:40 a.m. in a three-story home at 4719 W. Arthington St. that was initially reported to be vacant.

The woman, about 40, jumped from the third floor of the burning building and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, fire officials said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was reported in serious, but stable, condition.

Upon reaching the roof, the raging fire also spread to two neighboring buildings, at 4717 and 4721 W. Arthington St., fire officials said.

Fire hydrants at the scene were frozen, but were quickly opened by the Water Management Department.

At 11 a.m., firefighters were on the roof and in a basket on a tower ladder, dousing the building with hose streams. They had initially gone inside the building to fight the fire, but had to leave and switch to an exterior operation because of the deteriorating condition of the roof.

They used the water pressure to try to collapse the roof inward and get to the fire below.

The alarm was struck out by about 11:05 a.m.

  • Afro

    If it was vacant how did she jump from the third floor? Oh well file charges on the owner.

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